TCU Travels to Texas A&M Saturday

Dec. 6, 2012


TCU (4-2) vs. Texas A&M (4-3)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Dec. 8 (3 p.m. CT)
 Location  Reed Arena | College Station, Texas
 Fox Sports Southwest +
 TV Talent
 Brett Dolan (Play-By-Play); Brenda VanLengen (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
 Stats  Live Stats
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  31-4 (Texas A&M Leads)
 Last Meeting  Dec. 11, 2011 (L, 53-68)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU travels to College Station Saturday to face Texas A&M at 3:00 p.m. CT from Reed Arena. The contest between the two Texas schools will be shown live on Fox Sports Southwest + with Brett Dolan and Brenda VanLengen calling the action live. 

The Horned Frogs, who have won three-straight heading into this weekend, will play the Aggies for the 36th time in program history. The Frogs will look to garner their first victory in College Station all-time.  

The Opponent
Texas A&M (4-3) comes into Saturday's tilt fresh off a 77-26 drubbing of Louisiana Tech. In its last outing, the Aggies forced the Lady Techster's into 22 turnovers, while also holding them to a dismal 9-of-54 shooting performance. Individually, Peyton Little led the way for the Aggies, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while Courtney Williams chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc. 

On the season, All-America candidate Kelsey Bone has led the way scoring 12.3 points per game, while also grabbing 8.7 boards. Courtney Walker has also had a solid early season campaign, averaging 10.0 point per contest, while shooting almost 45 percent from the field. In its three losses on the year, the Aggies, who are receiving votes in both national polls, have played top-15 Louisville, Penn State and UConn.

The Series
When TCU and Texas A&M step on the floor Saturday it will mark the 36th meeting between the two Texas schools. The Aggies hold a 31-4 advantage in the series, but have lost two out of the last six contests, including a 56-54 decision to the Horned Frogs at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in 2009. 

A Closer Look At The A&M Series
Overall, three out of the Frogs four wins against Texas A&M have come in Fort Worth, with the only other victory coming in a 69-65 decision in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Frogs have played two overtime games against the Aggies, an 82-69 setback in 1987 and a 66-58 thriller at the 1982 Southwest Conference Invitational. 

Halfway Home
In its last outing, TCU went 14-of-28 against UTSA during first half action. When the Frogs shoot 50 percent for a half, it usually has meant good things. TCU is an astonishing 23-3 the last three years when shooting 50 percent during a half of action. The only losses during that stretch came against Wyoming last February and against Saturday's opponent Texas A&M during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, respectively. 

Ventress Keys Horned Frog Success
Natalie Ventress poured in 18 points against UTSA on Wednesday. When the sophomore goes for 18 or more in a single-game, TCU has only fell six times in a two-year span.  During her young two-year career, the sophomore has amazingly only scored in double-figures during the month of December five times out of a total of nine games, including twice this season. Considering the fact that Ventress has scored in double-digits 24 times in her career, she will play a significant role in how TCU handles the holiday month.   

Schedule Note
TCU's Dec. 29th game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi has been moved to 5:00 p.m. CT. 

The Swat Team
In TCU's four victories this season, a common theme has come across the box score. The Frogs have turned away opponents at the rim, out-blocking the opposition in the four games, 19-7. TCU currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 13 in the NCAA in blocked shots. Individually, Latricia Lovings in the three games is averaging almost four blocks a contest. The junior ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in blocks.

Making Opponents Pay At The Line
In TCU's four victories this season, the Frogs have shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe, combining to go 70-of-96 (.730) from the line. In the last three outings, TCU has been exceptional, going 44-of-61 (.721). Individually, Natalie Ventress has gone 26-of-32 from the line during the four victories and has gotten to line at least seven times in three out of the four games. Ventress had hit 22-straight from the charity stripe before missing in the second half against Houston. 

Medley Honored By Big 12
Freshman Zahna Medley was honored Monday as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week. Medley averaged 17 points and 4.0 rebounds in TCU's wins over SMU and Houston last week. She hit 9-of-14 field goals, including 9-of-12 from behind the arc for a career-high 27 points against SMU. She tied the school record for most three-pointers made in a game and set the TCU freshman mark. The performance also tied for fourth-most in a game in Big 12 history. She added seven points, three rebounds and two assists versus Houston. For the week, Medley hit .423 (11-of-26) from the field and .588 (10-of-17) from the three-point line.

Last Time Out
TCU, who led by as many as 28 points midway through the second half Wednesday, fended off a late rally by UTSA to capture a 73-64 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs, now winners of three-straight, improved to 4-2 with the win, while the Roadrunners dropped to 5-4 overall. On the night, TCU shot 50 percent from the field during the first half and appeared to bust the game wide open on a 15-0 run between the end of the first and start of the second half, but a hot shooting performance by Simone Young ignited a furious comeback by UTSA. During the first half alone, Young scored 20 of the Roadrunners 26 points. The Frogs were able to limit the sharp shooter in the second period to only nine points. 

On the night, TCU, who out-rebounded UTSA 47-43, was once again led by Natalie Ventress. The sophomore scored a team-high 18 points on 5-off-11 shooting. Ashley Colbert was the only other Frog in double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. The Fort Worth native was also a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. 

Up Next
TCU will next be in action Sunday, Dec. 16 against Sam Houston State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.  




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